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How to communicate about your research at any stage of the research process

Does the prospect of writing or speaking publicly about your research give you chills? Fear no more! During the month of October, URI will be offering a series of seminars and resources to help you learn the ins and outs of research communication in various forms: from abstracts and papers to posters and presentations. Whether you’re proposing a new research project, reporting on the results of work you’ve already done, or just learning to adapt your communication skills to the virtual environment, you’ll find something here for you!


Have more questions? Need feedback? Book an advising appointment with URI!

URI staff and our peer advising team are available to support students with research-related questions! Sign up through our appointment calendar, or email us at uri@ualberta.ca with your availability, and we can arrange an appointment for you.
Attend a virtual seminar on research communication

Each of the following live sessions will introduce you to a different aspect of research communication, and give you practical tips for how to communicate more effectively about your work. 

  • Scholarly publishing 101: How and where to get your research published:  Thursday, October 22, 12:35-1:20 p.m. Registration link 
  • Busting through jargon: Tips for communicating effectively across disciplines: Wednesday, October 28, 12:05-12:50 p.m. Registration link 

Can’t attend a live session? Watch our eClass page for updates - we’ll be posting short videos & resources throughout the month of October on various aspects of research communication. 

Get involved with a student journal

Did you know that the University of Alberta is home to a wide range of student research journals?  These journals not only provide a venue for publishing student work, but also offer opportunities for students to gain experience as editors and peer reviewers.

Explore upcoming presentation opportunities

Many academic conferences have moved online during the pandemic, but there are still many opportunities for students to present. Even if you’re just starting out with your research in the fall, you may want to start exploring possible presentation opportunities for Winter term now, since you may need to submit an abstract ahead of time.  

  • Check out other presentation opportunities: See URI’s Share your Research Page for information about undergraduate conferences, and our Professional Development page on eClass for listings of other opportunities that arise from time to time. You may also want to check with your faculty/department or student group(s) in your discipline, which often organize research presentation days for students.   

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